Your choice

You are still becoming something. What that something is depends on what you let it be.

Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will gain in learning.
–Proverbs 9:9

You could be becoming a grumpy old man.  A new creation.  An inspiration.  A true friend.

I have a six pack for you

Last year I made it a point to plan out my sermons for the entire year. It was difficult, but extremely beneficial. So much so that since around November I’ve anticipated getting to January so I can do it again. Call it good organization, being prepared or just hermeneutical nerdiness. It works for me now. If a sermon doesn’t connect to the spiritual life of the people who hear it, then what good is it…..

Seminary ruined me

I’m grateful for my time at Perkins.  Of all that I studied in seminary, most valuable was learning how much I had been relying on my personality in ministry.  Before, I don’t think I was challenging people to live faithfully; I was getting by on being energetic and having a big mouth.  Perkins prepared me to move beyond my comfort level as a leader and use other gifts I have to serve the church.  Yes, seminary ruined…..

If you’ve ever recieved a bad gift

Gifts abound! The holiday season often equates to a gift-giving frenzy.  We like recieving gifts from family, friends, church family, coworkers and neighbors.  Until we don’t.  If you’ve ever recieved what some might call a bad gift, you know what I’m talking about.  It’s Christmas; so, we don’t want to be rude. That’s why I’ve compiled the top 10 things to say when we receive a not-so-good gift: 10: Oh, that’s unique. 9: I’ve never…..